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Cover for the first edition (Heinemann, 1995).
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Issue Details: First known date: 1995... 1995 The Potato Factory
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form y The Potato Factory Bryce Courtenay , Alan Seymour , Australia : Screentime Golden Square Pictures , 2000 Z829450 2000 single work film/TV

'The story [of] Ikey Soloman (the inspiration for Charles Dicken's Fagin in Oliver Twist), his mistress Mary Abacus and Ikey's wife Hannah. Set in London and Van Dieman's [sic] Land (Tasmania) in the mid-19th century'.

Source: NFSA. (Sighted: 11/11/2013)

Notes

  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Port Melbourne, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Heinemann , 1995 .
      Extent: 666p.
      ISBN: 0855616539
    • Port Melbourne, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Mandarin , 1996 .
      Extent: 666p.
      ISBN: 1863305319
    • London,
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      Heinemann ,
      1996 .
      Extent: 666p.
      ISBN: 0434146137
    • London,
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      England,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Mandarin ,
      1996 .
      Extent: 739p.
      ISBN: 0749322632 (pbk.)
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2000 .
      Extent: 832p.
      ISBN: 0140279032 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

26 Aussie Books You Must Read Blanche Clark , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 24 January 2015; (p. 18-19)
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Showman Who Knew the Power of a Story Blanche Clark , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 24 November 2012; (p. 26-27)
Historical Fiction Robyn Smythe , 2011 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 10-11 September 2011; (p. 4)
Distortion and Caricature Judith Sackville-O'Donnell , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , Winter no. 175 2004; (p. 47-52)

Sackville-O'Donnell asserts that there are serious flaws in Courtenay's depictions of Ikey and Hannah Solomon, the two Jewish characters in The Potato Factory. (The Solomons were real people and their lives were quite well documented.) Although Courtenay has claimed that his novel was thoroughly and seriously researched, Sackville-O'Donnell contends that Courtenay's claims cannot be substantiated.

Providing examples of inconsistencies between the fictional representation and historical documents, Sackville-O'Donnell suggests that 'Courtenay has distorted and ignored the vast bulk of documented material on Ikey Solomon, and created a grotesque Jewish caricature that has nothing in common with the complex personality that is the documented Ikey Solomon.'

Offensive : Bryce Courtenay's Distortion of Isaac "Ikey" Solomon Judith Sackville-O'Donnell , 2004 extract criticism (Distortion and Caricature)
— Appears in: Australian Jewish News , 21 May vol. 70 no. 34 2004; (p. 17)
Courtenay's New Novel Lingers in the Senses Ralph Elliott , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 4 November 1995; (p. C10)

— Review of The Potato Factory Bryce Courtenay 1995 single work novel
The Power of One Who Knows What Sells Megan Gressor , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 11 November 1995; (p. 12A)

— Review of The Potato Factory Bryce Courtenay 1995 single work novel
A Never-Ending Tale of Two Authors John Hanrahan , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 11 November 1995; (p. 10)

— Review of The Potato Factory Bryce Courtenay 1995 single work novel
Courtenay Boils Up a Winner Tony Baker , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser Magazine , 25 November 1995; (p. 6)

— Review of The Potato Factory Bryce Courtenay 1995 single work novel
Dickens with a Twist David Allen , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 25-26 November 1995; (p. rev 7)

— Review of The Potato Factory Bryce Courtenay 1995 single work novel
Offensive : Bryce Courtenay's Distortion of Isaac "Ikey" Solomon Judith Sackville-O'Donnell , 2004 extract criticism (Distortion and Caricature)
— Appears in: Australian Jewish News , 21 May vol. 70 no. 34 2004; (p. 17)
Distortion and Caricature Judith Sackville-O'Donnell , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , Winter no. 175 2004; (p. 47-52)

Sackville-O'Donnell asserts that there are serious flaws in Courtenay's depictions of Ikey and Hannah Solomon, the two Jewish characters in The Potato Factory. (The Solomons were real people and their lives were quite well documented.) Although Courtenay has claimed that his novel was thoroughly and seriously researched, Sackville-O'Donnell contends that Courtenay's claims cannot be substantiated.

Providing examples of inconsistencies between the fictional representation and historical documents, Sackville-O'Donnell suggests that 'Courtenay has distorted and ignored the vast bulk of documented material on Ikey Solomon, and created a grotesque Jewish caricature that has nothing in common with the complex personality that is the documented Ikey Solomon.'

Historical Fiction Robyn Smythe , 2011 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 10-11 September 2011; (p. 4)
Showman Who Knew the Power of a Story Blanche Clark , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 24 November 2012; (p. 26-27)
Sailing Close to the Wind of Anti-Semitism Andrew Field , 1997 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 26 July 1997; (p. wkd 8)
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  • Van Diemen's Land (1803-1856), Tasmania,
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